Managing Fibroids with Natural Medicine

Managing Fibroids with Natural Medicine By Belle McCaleb – originally published InnerSelf Magazine   Fibroids are solid non-cancerous tumours of the uterus that may lead to very heavy menstrual periods and resultant anemia and disability. If the fibroids are very large they can also cause bowel, bladder and intercourse issues. Fertility can be affected either by the fibroids themselves or medical treatment. It is estimated up to 40% of women develop fibroids by the age of 40 and they are the primary reason for hysterectomy. Fibroids are hormone dependent. Estrogen is the main driver – fibroid tissue is hypersensitive to
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Lower your risk for colon cancer

  Lower your risk for colon cancer or its recurrence with diet now! by Belle McCaleb – originally published in InnerSelf Magazine   According to Vargas and Thompson colorectal cancer (CRC) is estimated to kill approximately 600,000 people annually worldwide and is the third most common cancer in men and second most common in women. Furthermore the link between diet and nutrition is strong and is thought to explain as much as ½ of the worldwide incidence1.   In order to lower your risk for this prevalent cancer or its recurrence it is important to know what dietary factors increase
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Clearing Acne From the Inside Out

Clearing Acne From the Inside Out   By Belle McCaleb – originally published InnerSelf Magazine   Acne is a common and often chronic skin condition – at least 85% of adolescents1 and young adults are affected by acne but it is by no means confined to these age groups. The condition is often dismissed by the medical fraternity as a “minor concern” but, for many people it severely affects their quality of life – lowering self-esteem and leading to anxiety, depression and social withdrawal. Fundamentally acne vulgaris is an androgen problem exacerbated by factors such as stress, other hormone imbalances,
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Sleep More Soundly – Naturally!

Sleep More Soundly – Naturally! By Belle McCaleb originally published in InnerSelf Magazine   The consequences of poor sleep patterns include fatigue, exhaustion, depression, irritability, cognitive disturbances and an increased rate of accidents. Sleep disorders increase the risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack, and stroke.[i] Disturbed sleep is also associated with increased cancer risk.[ii] There are more than 90 distinct sleep disorders including sleep loss, sleep-disordered breathing, insomnia, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome and “back to front” sleep cycles (circadian rhythm disorders)[iii]. The use of substances such as alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and many prescription and over the counter medications
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Menopausal Hair Loss – Natural Approaches

Menopausal Hair loss – Natural Approaches That Can Help By Belle McCaleb (originally published InnerSelf Magazine)   One of the most distressing side effects of the menopausal and post menopausal years for many women is hair loss. It is common – up to 40% of women will experience this to one degree or another in menopause or post-menopause. The hair loss pattern is referred to as the “male type” as it emulates balding in men and it is due to the same mechanism – relative excess of the metabolically active form of testosterone – dihydrotestosterone or DHT. This hormone affects
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Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma – from the Mesothelioma Resource Centre Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly cancer caused by exposure  to asbestos  which attacks its host’s lungs with ferocity. Around 1,000 Australians are diagnosed with the disease a year and the survival rate is staggeringly low.  Research has show that on average that patients diagnosed with it live between 4-11 months. Horrifyingly, the exposure to the asbestos is most often  due to the negligence of an employer or landlord who knowingly used products containing asbestos.  Firefighters, factory workers, auto-mechanics, and shipbuilders are all occupations that come with a higher risk of asbestos exposure.  Moreover the
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Depression: Restoring Emotional Flow

 Depression: Restoring Emotional Flow   Sadness is a response to loss and, as with all our emotions, is a vital aspect of our self.  It allows us to honour our losses. Sadness, when allowed to flow freely is self-limiting – running its course and finally diminishing, finding a natural balance with our other emotions.   If we fail to be open to and honour our sadness, we risk it becoming “stuck”.  Once obstructed, pushed away or ignored sadness can solidify into a pervasive state of mind called depression. Depression is often characterized by feelings of hopelessness & despair fueled by
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Unexplained Infertility – Herbal Medicine Approaches

Unexplained Infertility – Herbal Medicine Approaches (originally published in Innerself Magazine)   Infertility can have many causes but as often as 20% of the time no specific cause is determined and the diagnosis of “unexplained” infertility is made. A very frustrating diagnosis in many ways as there is nothing specific to “fix” and often the recommendation is to “keep trying” or “try IVF” and related procedures.  But is there another option?  Can fertility be improved by natural means? Absolutely!   The first step is to optimise general health and well-being starting with gut and liver health. Estrogen production and elimination
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Endometriosis Natural Medicine Support

Endometriosis Natural Medicine Support Originally published in Innerself Magazine www.innerself.com.au Endometriosis, or growth of the endometrial lining outside of the uterus, affects approximately 10% of women of childbearing age.  The condition is associated with painful periods, heavy periods and infertility.  The degree of symptoms varies greatly from severe, debilitating symptoms to mild or none at all.  Although the cause of endometriosis remains unclear, several of the proposed causative factors are amenable to natural medicine support including oxidative stress, immune dysfunction, lymphatic flow dysfunction and hormonal imbalance (particularly relative estrogen to progesterone excess). Lifestyle and other factors that are associated include
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